Dog adoptions are set to resume at BARCS on Wednesday as the Baltimore shelter lifts a weeks-long quarantine that was put in place to protect against a contagious virus.
A dog at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter tested positive for canine distemper in mid-November, causing the shelter to place all dogs there under quarantine. But after swabbing more than 100 dogs to test for the disease twice, all results came back negative, BARCS said in a statement.
Canine distemper, a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems, is contagious to other dogs, but cannot be transmitted to humans or cats, according to the BARCS website. Cats, dogs in foster, dogs arriving at the shelter after the quarantine and other exotic animals were still available for adoption during the quarantine.
The infected dog, who was brought to BARCS as a stray, has died.
“The infected dog was provided supportive care in the ER for symptoms of pneumonia,” BARCS executive director Jennifer Brause said in a statement. “He later tested positive for distemper and was unfortunately too ill and didn’t make it.”